Pretend officer arrested yet again

Posted Jan. 25, 2011, at 10:16 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:31 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Steven Kinsella, the Passadumkeag man charged Sunday with impersonating a Maine State Police trooper while allegedly burglarizing a neighbor’s house, was arrested Monday after being released at court, officials say.

Kinsella, 40, went downtown to Paddy Murphy’s on Monday night after his first court appearance at the Penobscot Judicial Center on charges of impersonating a public servant, theft by unauthorized taking and felony burglary.

After consuming $40.12 in food and beverages at the Irish restaurant, Kinsella attempted to leave without paying, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.

Police were sent to the restaurant around 10:20 p.m., and Kinsella was arrested for theft of services and for violating his conditions of release, which bar him from breaking the law.

He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and remained there Tuesday afternoon, Edwards said.

Kinsella was arrested Sunday evening on Goulds Ridge Road in Passadumkeag after he went to a neighbor’s house and told the couple living there that he was a Maine State Police trooper, Deputy Ray Goodspeed, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department deputy who arrested him, said Monday.

Once inside his neighbor’s home, Kinsella allegedly began to take items from the couple’s home. The burglary was upgraded to a felony because he also reportedly impersonated a trooper to gain access to the home, Goodspeed said.

If convicted of the felony burglary charge, Kinsella could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

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